Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Myths Vs. Truths

I would like to share with you a list of five myths that I used to believe were essential in helping me to lose weight and get in shape.  Following each myth is the truth that I have discovered throughout the extraordinary success of Running Without a Watch; truths that have transformed my relationship with food and exercise. 

Myth #1 –It is imperative to work out every day.

Truth #1 = During the past 60 days, I have run 40 days, averaging four to five times a week.  Consistency is the key to success.

Myth #2 -It is detrimental to eat from restaurants.

Truth #2 – I have enjoyed meals at a restaurant four times, and ordered in pizza one time in the past two months.  I made good food choices by staying away from the bread and the dessert, and eating sensible portions.

Myth #3 – There is NO room for error

Truth #3 – During the first week of Running Without a Watch, I went to the bakery and had some cookies.  During a holiday meal at my in-laws, I went overboard with some crackers and chocolate spread.  A few weeks ago at work, I tried to avoid the temptation of overindulging in hamburgers that were provided by my company for lunch.  So I went to the grocery store and picked up a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter.  Unfortunately, I ended up eating four peanut butter sandwiches that day, and felt sick for most of the afternoon!  Mistakes happen; try to learn something from it and move on.

Myth #4 – If you are not working out for at least an hour, there is no point to working out.

Truth #4-My run takes about 25-30 minutes.  Once in a while I will extend the route, depending on my schedule and how I am feeling that day.  I used to think that 30 minutes was just not enough exercise to achieve real success.  Now I know, it is the perfect amount of time.

Myth #5 – You need to lift weights to lose weight.

Truth #5 – I have not incorporated any weight lifting into my exercise; I do about 15 pushups after my run.  While some people may enjoy weight lifting and it can be a valuable part of an exercise plan, I have found that it is not absolutely necessary in order to achieve weight loss.  

What myths have influenced your ability to reach your health and fitness goals?  What truths have you learned along the way?

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